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Removal of superficial tumors in esophagus by endoscopy can avoid extirpation of this part
Date:4/10/2008

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The removal through endoscopy of tumours that affect only the superficial layers of the oesophagus can avoid complete extirpation of this part of the digestive tract. The technique, carried out at the University Hospital of Navarra for the last three years, was presented at the VI International Course on Therapeutic Endoscopy in the Digestive System, organized by the Digestive System Service at this hospital. Specifically, more than 90% of patients treated for this ailment at the University Hospital of Navarra have not needed the extirpation of the oesophagus.

400 specialists from ten different countries attended the course, focusing on the therapeutic possibilities of endoscopy in the digestive system. Treatment using digestive endoscopy, without having to carry out surgery, is increasing. These applications are less aggressive than surgical operations and are undertaken at out-patient clinics in about 99% of the cases, which usually enables the patient to go home after the walk-in/walk-out treatment, explained Doctor Miguel ngel Muoz Navas, Director of the Digestive System Service at the University Hospital of Navarra.

As is known, endoscopy is a technique carried out using a tube-like instrument which contains a light and a lens at its tip. The tube has, moreover, a duct for carrying other instruments with which, amongst other operations. biopsies, extirpation of polyps, injection of contrasting fluids, insertion of prostheses and clips, coagulation of bleedings, extraction of stones from the biliary or pancreatic zone and the draining of abscesses may be undertaken. There are also exists an ecoendoscope, which is one incorporating an ecograph at its end. While in a normal ecography the transducer of the ecograph is outside the body, ecoendoscopy provides better quality images of a lesion that is close to
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